Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ (Burning bush, Compact winged spindle tree)

Euonymus alatus ‘Compactus’ (known as Burning bush or Compact winged spindle tree) is a dwarf and very dense cultivar of E. alatus. Burning bush is a deciduous compact small shrub. It is very vigorous and develops corky ridges on the branches. They feature rosy-red leaves in autumn and are among the most fascinating plants for fall color. Burning bush has small green flowers that are followed by red-purple fruits containing orange seeds.

Common name: Burning bush
Scientific name: Euonymus alatus 'Compactus'
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How to plant

They can be planted in groups for a better impact. Plant in full sun or partial shade position in moist but well drained soil. Moisture is appreciated if planted in a very exposed place.


Compact winged spindle tree can be propagated by semi-hardwood cuttings.

Euonymus alatus 'Compactus' (Burning bush, Compact winged spindle tree) - Red autumn foliage
Impressive red autumn foliage

Burning bush is considered an invasive plant in some parts of USA.

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